Design Buy Build Issue 41 2019 | Page 73

Lifts, Stairs & Balustrades Once the layout is defined, the next consideration is style and materials. Every interior should be treated as a unique space – a sleek, stainless steel staircase works well in loft spaces and buildings with a high- tech, contemporary style whereas a very grand home with an impressive entrance hall requires something more elegant and majestic. Hand forged uprights with a choice of finishes are articularly popuar in period properties. The trend for light, spacious open plan interiors has created a trend in the use of glass for staircases. As well as maximising light the ethereal aesthetic of glass can make the staircase appear to float. Additional light can be created using open treads or specialist lighting. Commissioning a bespoke staircase enables you to create an original design to your brief, and for this you need a specialist staircase designer. It pays off to bring someone in at the very beginning of a project - certainly before building work begins. As well as offering expert knowledge on structural and building regulations, a specialist will be involved in every process from design through the build to installation. There is no doubt that a unique staircase solution designed in empathy with the fabric of the building will always look better than a kit or modular staircase. Bisca bespoke staircases start from £22,000 for a staircase; to transform an existing structurally sound staircase by changing the balustrade costs from £3,000 per metre 73